The 2019 Prairie Central football team is looking to build off of a strong foundation for the upcoming season.
First year head coach Andrew Quain is no stranger to the school district as he grew up locally, graduating from Chenoa High School in 2002. Quain played four years of college football before taking a teaching job in Fairbury and has been here ever since.
The team is short on seniors so Quain is looking for younger players to step up.
“We are replacing some big shoes,” said Quain. “These guys want to get past that first round (of playoffs) and beyond.”
Prairie Central players have similar aspirations for the season as they hope to play well into November.
“Hopefully we can make a good playoff run,” said quarterback Kaden King.
Corbin Moser hopes the team wins conference after describing his high school football career a “journey” so far. He believes everyone working together and staying positive makes a better team.
So, what does it take to lead as a senior?
“Build everybody up and don’t tear anybody down,” Moser noted.
Parents, family and members of the community will have the chance to see a preview of the 2019 Hawks during a meet the team night Aug. 23 at PCHS. The team will do drill work and demonstrate tackling to show the public they are practicing safe habits. The season kicks-off Aug. 30 as Rantoul comes to town. Coach Quain hopes for a big crowd.
“The kids really worked well to build some school spirit over the offseason – between the band, student section and cheerleaders. We are looking for a great football environment,” Quain added.
Prairie Central Hawks football discount cards are on sale through Aug. 30. To purchase a card, contact a current football player or stop out to the Aug. 23 scrimmage, Aug. 24 sports boosters golf outing or the first home game. Also, the players will be selling door-to-door throughout the school district Aug. 24.
Quain thanks the participating businesses for their support.